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    No. 17 Pack Takes Series with 6-3 Victory
     
    Ryan Mathews
    Ryan Mathews
     

    April 15, 2012

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    CLEMSON, S.C. - No. 17 NC State captured a 6-3, series-deciding win over Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium behind five combined RBIs from Ryan Mathews and Danny Canela Sunday.

    The Wolfpack (24-10, 11-7 ACC) rebounded from a heartbreaking 12-inning loss on Friday with back-to-back wins to claim its first series victory at Clemson since 1996.

    Mathews finished the day with three RBIs on a 1-for-4 performance with a double and a run scored. Canela hit a pair of doubles in a 2-for-3 effort, driving in a pair, scoring once, and walking twice.

    Trea Turner stole two bases, bringing his total to seven on the weekend and 38-for-39 on the season to lead the NCAA, and went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Brett Austin had a sac fly for an RBI.

    State had at least one baserunner in seven innings, and the Wolfpack’s lead-off hitter reached five times. Matt Bergquist came aboard in lead-off situations three times in three opportunities with a single and two walks.

    Pack starter Logan Jernigan (4-1) worked five innings for the win, surrendering two runs, one earned on only three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. D.J. Thomas relieved Jernigan and went 2 2/3, giving up an earned run on three hits. Vance Williams (1) claimed his second career save on 1 1/3, striking out two and holding the Tigers (20-17, 9-9 ACC) to one hit.

    Clemson starter Kevin Pohle (4-2) lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing all six runs, five earned, on six hits and four walks without striking out a batter. The Tigers utilized five more pitchers on the afternoon, and the bullpen combined to hold State to two hits and five walks.

    State grabbed a 1-0 lead in the opening frame. Turner led off by sending the first pitch of the game back up the middle for a single. Chris Diaz walked to put two on with no outs. Canela ripped a double into the right field corner, sending Diaz to third, but Turner was gunned down on a relay throw by the second baseman for the first out. Mathews knocked a one-out grounder to the right side to bring in Diaz.

    In the third, the Pack tacked on another to make it 2-0. Turner led off with a walk, and stole second. Diaz and Canela hit consecutive grounders to second to push Turner home, Canela’s receiving credit for an RBI.

    Clemson narrowed the gap in the bottom third, scoring one on Thomas Brittle’s two-out triple. Jernigan hit the lead off batter, but struck out the next looking, and induced a fielder’s choice for the second. Brittle hit a rocket down the right field line to score the runner from first, cutting the lead to 2-1. Shaffer walked to put runners on the corners with two away, but Jernigan forced a fly to right to end the threat.

    The Tigers tied it 2-2 in the fourth with an unearned run on another two-out hit. Lead-off Jay Baum reached when Andrew Ciencin couldn’t come up with a throw across from Diaz. Baum stole second, then moved to third on a grounder to first. With two down, Tyler Slaton hit a full count fastball through the right side to plate the tying run on an RBI single.

    The Wolfpack responded with a decisive four-run fifth to take a 6-2 lead. Bergquist led off with a walk, and moved to second on Diaz’s one-out single to center. Canela scored Bergquist on a ground rule double to right that wound up stuck under the tarp in foul territory. Mathews followed by driving in both Canela and Diaz on a double smashed over the retreating center fielder’s head. An error and a walk loaded the bases for Austin to hit a sac fly to center to score the fourth run of the inning.

    Clemson scored one in the seventh to narrow the margin to 6-3. Steve Wilkerson led off with a bunt single down the third base line. Richie Shaffer singled up the middle to put two on, and both advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch. Phil Pohl’s chopper to short plated the run before Thomas induced a pop up to end the inning.

    State loaded the bases twice more with one out, but couldn’t add to the lead. Those mistakes didn’t influence the outcome, though, as Williams held Clemson to one hit over the final four outs to wrap up the save.

    NC State returns to the diamond Tuesday at Campbell for a 6 p.m. start. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available at GoPack.com.


     

     

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